The average dry food contains 35-50 percent carbohydrate calories.

Cats are carnivores with several metabolic characteristics. Cats require relatively high amounts of protein, specific amino acids, essential fatty acids, and vitamins that are abundant in animal tissues (–). Although, not only the quantity but also the quality of diet is known to affect nutritional status of cats, nutritional value of the individual food ingredient is not fully characterized.

Great info! I had no clue that cats needed such a high in protein diet. Glad there is a food out there that fits the bill.

This Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Dry Formula is naturally grain-free which makes it a great choice for cats that are allergic or sensitive to grains. The main sources of carbohydrate in this recipe are peas, potatoes, and ground flaxseed. This recipe also contains supplementary sources of dietary fiber like tomato pomace and chicory root extract, a natural source of insoluble fiber. The crude fiber content of this recipe is 3% which is about as high as you want to go for cat food. Other beneficial ingredients included in this recipe are natural flavors, vitamin supplements, chelated minerals, and dried fermentation products. While synthetic supplements can help balance out the nutrition of a cat food product, natural sources are always better. This recipe doesn’t contain fresh fruits and vegetables but it does contain chelated minerals which are chemically bound to protein molecules, making them easier to digest and absorb. The dried fermentation products act as probiotics to support your cat’s digestion.

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And, given the chance to eat raw, high protein, supposedly damaging to kidney diets, these cats flourished! All cats appeared to be healthy and manifested no clinical abnormalities throughout the study. Changes in BW during each period were minimal. Daily intake of food and water, urine volume, dry-matter digestibility, and fecal moisture content were determined for each diet (). Dietary protein sources did not affect daily intake of food and water, nor urine volume. Dry-matter digestibility was significantly higher in the MM group than in the CGM group, which was consistent with the previous study (). Dry-matter digestibility of the CM group was intermediate; it was significantly higher than that of the CGM group but lower than that of the MM group. Fecal moisture content in the CM group was significantly lower than that in the CGM group.

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8. Hoenig M., Alexander S. and Pazak H. Effect of a High- and Low- Protein Diet on Glucose Metabolism and Lipids in the Cat in Conference Proceedings Purina Nutritional Forum. 2000: p. 98-99.

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